Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 25


Associated Press
Government shutdown strains emerge in US air travel system
State lawmaker introduces bill to ban dwarf-tossing
Eyman’s $30 car-tab initiative headed to Legislature
Washington expands unemployment benefits to federal employees still on the job
2 more lawsuits say doctor ordered lethal meds for patients
Families hoping for justice from prescription bribes trial
State lawmaker introduces bill to ban dwarf-tossing
25 confirmed measles cases in SW Washington, 12 suspected
House unanimously passes revisions to Initiative 940
Washington offers shutdown benefits to FBI, Coast Guard

Bainbridge Island Review
Thousands show up at hearing on proposed state gun laws | 2019 Legislative Session

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Carbon-free energy by 2045 is goal of legislation introduced in Washington Legislature (Tarleton)
State lawmaker introduces bill to ban dwarf-tossing

Bothell Reporter
Week one of ‘Viadoom’ is viadud on Eastside 

In Our View: Wildfire prevention, preparedness vital to state
Vancouver Public Schools narrowly avoids support staff strike

The Daily News
Port of Kalama requests $2.2 million from state for pedestrian overpass (DeBolt)
Agencies provide services, supplies to Cowlitz County homeless
Cowlitz jobless rate rises; job growth well short of state, Clark levels
School safety, new schools top community priorities for new Longview bond
Legal pot gets toehold in Castle Rock but lacks acceptance in many towns

Eastern Washington Statesman Examiner
Bill designates September as Kindergartener Month (Hunt, Wilson) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State ready to help federal employees working without pay
Property taxes ease for most in 2019House unanimously approves bill revising Initiative 940
For a day, troubles are forgotten as Boeing delivers tankers
Editorial: Help county food banks meet need during shutdown

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Man caught in online child sex sting has convictions tossed on appeal
Kitsap organizations step up to help furloughed workers

 News Tribune (subscription required)
Man arrested in connection with western Washington killings
Carbon-free energy by 2045 is goal of legislation introduced in Washington Legislature
Frustration is mounting outside the gates of Mount Rainier as Trump’s shutdown drags on
Gas-tax money needed to avoid Tacoma Narrows bridge toll hike come July, analyst says

New York Times
F.B.I. Arrests Roger Stone in Mueller Case
Airport Delays Ripple Across Northeast Due to Air Traffic Controller Shortage

Olympian (subscription required)
The 2018 Thurston County housing market: Still strong, but ‘feeding frenzy’ is over, broker says
Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

Peninsula Daily News
Bill would honor kindergartners (Hunt, WIlson)
Bill would eliminate gender requirements for political party positions (Reeves)
Thousands show up at hearing on proposed state gun laws (Jinkins)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: Legislative debates can make a real difference
US states that voted for Trump most vulnerable to job automation
Boeing, Southwest Airlines concerned about ongoing government shutdown

Redmond Reporter
Redmond prepares for earthquake drill later this year 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Lakewood to pay $500,000 to family of phone-wielding man killed by police in 2015
‘Students need to see themselves’: What some teachers had to say about our teacher diversity project
Coast Guard families ask for help during the government shutdown
Inslee announces expansion of unemployment benefits to federal employees working without pay
WaPo: Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone indicted by special counsel in Russia investigation
Bloomberg: Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would cost Jeff Bezos $4.1 billion in first year
Opinion: A family trip to national parks and the nightmare of the shutdown
Editorial: City of Seattle, review your ethics policies

Spokesman Review
New conduct code, changes to deadly force law pass House (Hudgins, Macri)
State of Washington offers unemployment benefits to all federal workers hit by shutdown
Federal government shutdown threatens housing for low-income residents
Bill to ban dwarf tossing set for Senate committee hearing
UW researchers use scat-sniffing dogs to bolster wolf count in Washington

Tri-City Herald
Carbon-free energy by 2045 is goal of legislation introduced in Washington Legislature (Tarleton)
Here’s what Tri-Citians and the state are doing to help TSA and other federal workers 

USA Today
Roger Stone indictment: Top takeaways from the 24-page report
FAA: Flights delayed at 3 major airports due to ‘staffing’ issues amid government shutdown

Vancouver Business Journal
Clark President delivers State of the College Address
Area CBD company sees recent spike in sales

Washington Post
Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone indicted by special counsel in Russia investigation
Paul Manafort in court to face Mueller probe allegations he lied after pleading guilty
Roger Stone was in close contact with Trump campaign about WikiLeaks, indictment shows
Senate leaders continue to seek a deal to end shutdown that will satisfy Trump
‘This is your fault’: GOP senators clash over shutdown inside private luncheon
U.S. diplomats hunker down in Venezuela amid standoff with Maduro
FAA delays flights at New York’s LaGuardia airport, citing staffing shortages amid government shutdown
Prolonged shutdown puts flying public at risk, officials warn
When the next recession comes, the robots will be ready
Pentagon to review Amazon employee’s influence over $10 billion government contract

Wenatchee World
Unemployment benefits opened to more federal employees 

Whidbey News-Times
Efforts to bring orca Tokitae home chronicled in new book
Thousands show up at hearing on proposed state gun laws (Jinkins)
Lawmakers could remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes

Yakima Herald Republic
No measles here, but there are plenty of cases in Clark County
Legislator says he didn’t push visitor, but Planned Parenthood organizer says he did
Editorial: Citizenship question has no place on census form



Washington offers unemployment benefits to federal employees during shutdown
Whistleblower prompts investigation into Pierce County Medical Examiner
State lawmakers propose bill to split Washington into 2 states
‘We’re not paying our power bills:’ Seattle FAA engineer warns of government shutdown impacts
Proposed bill concerning Washington hair stylists changed after outcry and confusion (Keiser)
Seattle businesses step up to help federal workers during government shutdown

Government shutdown: ‘Increase in sick leave’ causes airport delays, FAA says
Washington state expands unemployment aid to more federal workers without paychecks
Government shutdown taking toll on earthquake detection and warning systems

Whistleblower complaint: Pierce County Medical Examiner interferes with homicide cases
Students tackle mental health issues through ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ digital project
Gov. Inslee makes all federal employees eligible for unemployment benefits
Senate bill would ban dwarf-tossing at bars in Wash. state

Pay student athletes, WA lawmaker says. The NCAA makes millions off them (Pollet)
Coast Guard families rely on food pantry as shutdown stretches on
Washington Legislators Consider Statewide Native American Voting Rights Act (McCoy, Lekanoff)

NW Public Radio
Northwest officials, companies scramble to help tohousands of federal workers impacted by shutdown
Voters’ environmental support climbs with Republican presidents, study finds
Lawsuits allege ‘grave harm’ to immigrant children in detention
Washington state lawmakers want to save seat at budget table for free college (Hansen)
Study: Millions of Americans could be drinking water high in nitrates

Q13 TV (Fox)
State Senators pull investigation into rape accusations, many questions remain unanswered
Government shutdown could put some domestic violence survivors at greater risk
Pressure from cosmetologists statewide changes course of senate bill (Keiser)



Civic Skunkworks
The fight against $15 is built on nothing 

The eat roadkill revolution is coming 

Rides on King County Water Taxi Tripled Last Week
Washington Will Offer Unemployment Benefits to All Federal Employees

Seattle P.I.
Researchers make plans to assess ailing orcas during government shutdown
As orcas ail in the Sound, contiguous United States loses its last woodland caribou from Washington

New Ban on Dwarf Tossing, Federal Workers Miss Second Paycheck, Roger Stone Indicted
UPDATE: New Bill Threatens to Eliminate Jobs for Hair Stylists in Washington State (Keiser, Kuderer, Saldaña)
Inslee Gives Unemployment Benefits to Coast Guard, TSA, and Other Federal Workers